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Reasons not to give up #10: These TED talks say so

by Amanda Collins

TED talks are a great way to fire yourself up with inspiration, motivation and ideas when you are struggling or just need a bit of a boost. With this in mind, we’ve complied a list of the best TED talks to get you going and keep you on track.
Ranging in length between 6 minutes and 23 minutes, each video talk is a perfect study break sized bite of inspiration, delivered by experts in the fields of motivation, psychology, work, happiness, science and education.

Why we do what we do

This video looks at the motivating forces behind what we do.

Embrace the near win

Here, Sarah Lewis talks about how near wins work to push people forward.

What makes us feel good about what we do

In his talk, Dan Ariely discusses how important a sense of purpose is to job and life satisfaction.

The happy secret to better work

Psychologist Shawn Achor argues the case for for positive psychology in his video, suggesting that happiness leads to more productivity.

How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed

In this video neuroscientist Daniel Levitin talks about stress and how to work to stay calm when the pressure is on.

How you can grow your brain cells

Who doesn’t want more brain cells! In her talk, scientist Sandrine Thuret offers research and practical advice on how to help brains perform better.

How to find work you love

Here, Scott Dinsmore shares his tips on how to find what you love doing, then make that dream a reality.

Be an opportunity maker

Writer Kare Anderson teaches her TED audience members how to make opportunities by connecting with people.

The psychology of your future self

According to TED lecturer Dan Gilbert, “humans beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished”.

Want to be happy? Be grateful

In his talk, Brother David Steindl-Rast discusses the importance of gratitude in achieving happiness.

Success is a continuous journey

Businessman Richard St John uses his talk to illustrate that success is a journey, and we only fail when we stop trying.

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Need to learn how to calm down and refresh your mind? In his talk, expert Andy Puddicombe shows you how to achieve peace through 10 minutes of mindfulness a day.

How to stop screwing yourself over

Lawyer, mother and motivational speaker, Mel Robbins talks about barriers to success and how to overcome them.

It’s time to get back to study!

Now that you’re inspired and ready for action, it’s time to act on your motivation by logging into OpenSpace and getting on with your studies. Remember, if you run into any problems, you can always send a message to your trainers and assessors, they’re here to help!

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